They have been two of the standout performers for Dan Micciche’s excellent Arsenal U18 side this season, and last night Khayon Edwards and Charles Sagoe Jr received a chance to demonstrate their credentials on a bigger stage.
It was only a fleeting opportunity, with the duo brought on for the closing stages of the Papa John’s Trophy fixture away to Newport.
Edwards and Sagoe Jr were eager to make an impact, and that is exactly what they did. In an impressive move, Edwards demonstrated his superb close control and link up play as he found Sagoe Jr, who scored a dramatic late winner for Arsenal U21s in a 4-3 success.
Given the plethora of players that coach Kevin Betsy can usually call upon for the U23s, it will be a challenge for Edwards and Sagoe Jr to get regular minutes at that level, at least before January.
However, both players have now demonstrated that they can impress against senior opponents and it seems somewhat inevitable that they will be offered professional deals ahead of next season.
Edwards has been prolific for the U18s so far this season but it has long been apparent that his game is about more than just goals, with the striker capable of bringing others into play.
Sagoe Jr, meanwhile, is usually deployed as an attacking midfielder and relishes pushing forward to support the attack.
This time last year Sagoe Jr was frequently being left out of the matchday squad for the U18s but he is now a hugely important figure for them and arguably should be playing at a higher level on a regular basis.
Edwards and Sagoe Jr have had to be patient for chances above U18 level but last night they provided a tantalising glimpse of what they are capable of.